Bonnie Ruwart, Mission, Kansas, sends a recipe from an old-time cookbook that is simplicity personified.
Celebrate the Holidays With Christmas Cake Recipes
Grandma Dobbs’ Old Fashioned Cake Recipe
1 teaspoon soda
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons shortening
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chopped black walnuts
Put 1 teaspoon soda on 1 cup chopped dates.
Pour 1 cup boiling water over this; cool.
Add 1 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons shortening, 1 beaten egg, 2 cups flour and 1 teaspoon baking powder. Mix well. Add 1 cup chopped black walnuts.
Bake in 10-inch iron skillet at 350°F for 40 to 45 minutes.